For Leaders

This website page shows some of the activities on offer to Girlguiding Units by businesses or organisations as well as any Girlguiding IW information. However, Unit activities offered below are  ‘on hold’ until further notice due to COVID 19.

If your unit has enjoyed a special activity that you think others would enjoy then please use the ‘Contact’ link on this website and tell us about it. Information on the activity can then be shared with others.

Leaders are encouraged to use this website page on a regular basis as it will show information that will be useful to Units/Leaders/Assistant Leaders/Unit helpers/Young Leaders.

New dates for Isle of Wight Trainings:

Compliance: Safe Space.  Levels 1 & 2 needed by everyone including YLs by Christmas 2020. Island Commissioner to send out links for on-line trainings. There had been problems with record keeping at Gg UK. Trainings must be completed again and updated if certificates are not current.

Trainings with Deborah ( GIW Lead Trainer). Now planned via Zoom:
2.9.2020. What will your Unit Look Like post COVID 19?
10.9.2020. Leaders in Training. Basic Guiding for those just starting their Training.
14.10.2020. Re-visit  ‘New Programme’

All Trainings 7pm-8.30pm. maximum 12 but additional Trainings can be arranged if more than 12 interested. Bookings via the Bookings Coordinator. (Robyn)

News from SWE Region. (18.6.2020)
We have an exciting announcement! We know how hard many of you and your girls have been working during lockdown to complete virtual sleepovers. Well now we have badges available for all those girls that have kept on guiding and completed a virtual sleepover. They are available on the Region shop, you will need to purchase now and orders will be sent out by the end of July.
We have more dates for Safe Space Level 3 & 4 training to be held virtually.

These dates are as follows:

Virtual Training

There are more virtual trainings available on the booking site:

This includes Safe Space Level 3 and Safe Space Level 4; however spaces are limited so please make sure those who need to complete it have a place.

Level 3 Dates:

  • 13th August
  • 2nd September
  • 3rd September
  • 4th September

Level 4 Dates:

  • 21st September
  • 31st October
  • 9th November

As you may have seen we also have virtual zoom training available. We have both beginner and intermediate training. More dates will be added should all of these sessions become fully booked.


Here is an invitation for all units to learn Scottish Dancing. The activity is free.


A member of the IW Caledonian Society has offered to teach GIW members Scottish Dancing.
There is no charge for sessions and the music will be provided via CDs.
The only requests are:
That the venue is suitable for dancing.
Dancers have suitable shoes- plimsolls-ballet shoes- (shoes that do not come off feet easily)
A CD player or something to play CDs is available at the venue.
Leaders are prepared to help with the sessions.
If you are interested, please let Suzanne (PR & Marketing GIW) have details of when you would like a session (date and time) and venue + your contact details that you don’t mind sharing.
Sessions will start in January 2019 on a first come basis.


Gill, the Community Engagement Officer for Amey Waste Management on the Island offers the following:

Are you interested in finding out what happens to your rubbish and how you can do more to recycle?

As part of the waste partnership between the Isle of Wight Council and Amey, we have developed a programme to help young people understand how they can reduce, reuse and recycle the waste they produce.

Guides,Rainbows & Brownies on the Island will be able to book a FREE waste workshop with the Amey communications team.

The practical workshops will be tailored to be hands on activities for the girls and will be provided FREE by Amey.

We are hoping the community outreach service will be available from February 2018. Interested groups can find out more and book a place by calling Gill on mobile: 07595056672 or emailing:

Amey will be taking part in visits to community groups – as well as attending local events with a mobile education trailer – as part of its work for the Isle of Wight Council. (Groups may want to book this for summer fairs etc) Enabling our education/engagement team to liaise with parents/carers/guardians/children etc.


Would you like to take the girls to see some elderly people?

Katrina from Cherry Blossoms writes:

Hi there, My name is kat. I work for Cherry Blossoms Care Home in Arctic Road, Cowes.

I have recently taken over the role as Activities coordinator and I’ve been looking for different thing’s and activities and visits to try and do with our lovely residents. I’m not sure whether you do visits to care homes, but I believe my ladies and gentlemen could really benefit from meeting you and the children. A visit could really put a smile on their faces too. Just to meet some new faces. We would love a visit from you and would love to hear back from you.

Katrina Flynn

(activities coordinator )



As most of you who work within units know there is a Growth & Retention campaign running at the moment. On the Island a small committee has been formed to look into ways to advertise Girlguiding IW on the Island so that units with small numbers  of girls can remain open and new leaders can be found to prevent the closure of units where there are lots of girls but leaders have had to leave for one reason or another.

To this end a public advertising campaign commenced in 2019 and will continue in 2020 with a  team of leaders  attending local events to see if any new members come forward.

When will YOU help at an event?    Most units can always do with extra adult help especially if there are numbers of girls, so will you help to find new leaders and helpers? By attending one or more of the events where Girlguiding IW is having a stand or helping run activities you will not only have the chance to recruit new girls but perhaps engage with an ideal leader or helper for your own unit or another one on the Island.

Use the ‘contact’ on this website for more details.

We  now plan to attend special IW events in 2021– Which will you help at?  Everyone needs to get involved with recruiting new leaders/ members.

Most of the events that we planned to attend in 2020 are now cancelled or postponed due to CV19.


Anyone for Tennis?


East Cowes Vics ladies/girls football team have just launched open training sessions for girls training on Saturday mornings.   Sessions are run by fully qualified and licensed coaches with many years experience in the game. The youth section will also benefit from the perks of the senior teams partnership with Women’s Super League team Reading FC. This includes visits to training by professional players and coaches as well as trips to watch Reading Ladies train and also watch their matches through the season.
6-9 Year Olds 10.00-11.00
10-14 Year Olds 11.00-12.30
Any girls age 15+ are eligible for training with the senior team, East Cowes Vics Ladies.

Contact for further information: